United Way of Chattanooga

Reading Center Donations Needed
May 23rd, 2016 10:33 AM

Making safe places to read and learn even better.

Formed through grassroots partnerships between United Way, community funders, and neighborhood associations, Neighborhood Reading Centers opened in Chattanooga with the mission of encouraging parents and children to read for success in school and life.

The reading centers provide safe places for neighborhood residents to read together.

Every Summer, United Way, with help from Friends of the Library, stocks the reading centers with new books from the new Hamilton County Department of Education Summer Reading List. Not all children have easy access to the public library, so United Way wanted kids to have access to their reading lists within walking distance from their homes.

Last year, in addition to providing new books at all 20 centers, United Way also renovated the reading center at Brainerd High School with Volunteers from On Point.

This year, United Way plans to renovate five more reading centers with help from Volunteers at GPS and other organizations.

But we need your help. We need donations of tables, chairs, area rugs, curtains, book cases and other items to outfit these community libraries. We also need volunteers to clean, paint, sort and label books, build furniture and more.

To volunteer or make a donation, call United Way’s Graduation Initiative at 423-752-0307, or email elizabethtallman@uwchatt.org.

Please see the list below for locations of Reading Centers where books from the Hamilton County Department of Education summer reading list are available.  All reading centers should be outfitted with new books by mid-June. 

  • Avondale Community Center 1305 Dodson Ave. Chattanooga TN 37410
  • Brainerd Complex 1010 N. Moore Rd. Chattanooga TN 37411
  • Carver Community Center 600 N. Orchard Knob Ave. Chattanooga TN 37404
  • Chambliss Center for Children 315 Gillespie Rd. Chattanooga TN 37411
  • Eastdale Community Center 1314 Moss St. Chattanooga TN 37411
  • Eastlake Community Center 3601 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga TN 37407
  • Glenwood Community Center 2610 E. 3rd St. Chattanooga TN 37406
  • Greenwood Community Center 3056 Dee Dr. Chattanooga TN 37406
  • John A Patten Community Center 3202 Kelly Ferry Rd. Chattanooga TN 37419
  • North Chattanooga Community Center 364 May St. Chattanooga TN 37405
  • Northside Neighborhood House 211 Minor St. Chattanooga TN 37405
  • North River Y 4138 Hixson Pike Chattanooga TN 37415
  • Shepherd Community Center /Rosetta Kirby Library 2124 Shepherd Dr. Chattanooga TN 37421
  • Tyner Recreation Center 6900 Ty-Hi Dr. Chattanooga TN 37421
  • Westside Recreation 1201 Poplar St. Chattanooga TN 37402
  • Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. Chattanooga TN 37402
  • New City Fellowship East Lake 2903 East 37th St. Chattanooga TN 37407
  • East Chattanooga Community Center 2409 Dodson Ave. Chattanooga TN 37406
  • Washington Hills Community Center 4628 Oakwood Drive Chattanooga TN 37416

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Read-A-Palooza June 18
May 23rd, 2016 10:33 AM


It’s a carnival of reading fun at United Way’s Read-a-Palooza at Hamilton Place Mall, on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This special event is focused on Education - specifically childhood literacy. Reading is the key to a successful life, but children should know that reading is fun too!   

United Way will be joined by WTCI, The Public Library, Project Ready for School, The Bookmark Fairy, to name only a few participating organizations.  There will be celebrity book readers on hand too. 

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., parents can complete a learning checkup for all their children who are less than 5-years-old. Families who complete the learning check-up will earn a voucher to redeem for a free family pass to the Creative Discovery Museum.  Vouchers will be delivered by mail after the checkup is completed and received by United Way.

The first 400 children to join us will receive a free book courtesy of Depend. 

It will be a day full of family fun. Some planned activities include:

  • Arts and crafts with the Bookmark Fairy;
  • Free learning checkups; 
  • Free Imagination Library Book Enrollment;
  • Face painting; 
  • Carnival games;
  • Bouncy House Inflatables; and 
  • Your favorite children's books read on the stage!

All these activities are free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information about United Way or this event, call 423.752.0300 or visit us online at www.UnitedWayCHA.org.  

This event is sponsored by Depend. Depend and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering.

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Meet Kelis - The United Way SpokesKid
May 22nd, 2016 3:33 PM

We are proud to introduce you to Kelis, the new United Way SpokesKid!

Kelis stole the show at our annual celebration where we shared our Impact Outcomes from 2015, asked Dr. Elaine Swafford to share her recipe for helping at-risk kids become successful in school, and told you how much our amazing Campaign Chair - Keith Sanford - raised for us to spend on Impact this year (we'll wait and let you hear it from Kelis).

Kelis is a member of one of our supported after school programs, the Boys and Girls Club. They held a contest and Kelis was picked out as the winner by a panel of their judges.

Here is Kelis explaining what United Way does:

What Does United Way DO? - Kelis, the United Way Spokeskid from UnitedWayCHA on Vimeo.

Kelis, our United Way Spokeskid, tries to answer the question that has plagued generations.

And here is Kelis explaining what we do with the money we just raised:

What do we do with your Money? - Kelis, the United Way Spokeskid from UnitedWayCHA on Vimeo.

Kelis tackles the facts about what United Way does with your money. **SPOILER ALERT** We don't eat it!


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